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Questions to consider when making funeral arrangements

  • Do you want burial or cremation?
  •  Where do you want to hold the service - in a church, funeral home, crematorium or at home?
  •  Do you want to have a one or two day funeral? i.e. a removal on the day of the funeral or on the evening before
  •  Where will the deceased repose – at home, in a hospital/hospice mortuary or in a funeral home?
  •  When do you want to have the funeral?
  •  What clothes will the deceased wear when reposing?
  •  Will you need transport on the day of the funeral – i.e. a limousine for the family?
  •  Will you publish a death notice in a national newspaper, on local radio or RIP.ie? Who will be mentioned in this notice? 
  •  Do you require music for the funeral service?
  •  Are you going to use Mass/service booklets?
  •  Do you want a photograph for placing on the  coffin?
  •  Do you want to pass the house en-route to the church or cemetery?
  •  Will the family carry the coffin at the funeral?
  •  Do you need to arrange lunch for family and friends after the funeral?

The emotional stress the death of a loved one causes makes arranging a funeral seem like an insurmountable undertaking. At Nichols, we understand how difficult this time is and ensure our professional service handles all the funeral arrangements with understanding and compassion, making the process as easy as possible for you.

Experienced Funeral Directors

Nichols ensures that even the smallest details are attended to. As Dublin's longest established funeral directors we ensure all requirements are met in a respectful manner. If you are arranging a funeral for the first time you may not know where to start. These first steps often depend on the circumstances and where the death has occurred. Nichols have outlined the following scenarios:

A death in hospital, hospice or nursing home

A doctor will be in attendance in most circumstances. If not, a doctor will be contacted by the nursing home and informed the death has occurred. A postmortem examination may be needed (see below) and will be advised by the doctor or nursing home, but usually this will not be required. You should then contact us at 01 677 0665 to make funeral arrangements.

A death at home

If the death of a loved one has been expected, the deceased will have been attended to by their GP recently. This GP should be called in order to visit the home and confirm that death has occurred.  

There may be a need to call a locum doctor if the death occurs outside GP hours. In this case, the locum doctor can confirm the death and then your GP should be contacted at their soonest availability. Once the death has been confirmed you can contact us here at  Nichols Funeral Directors on 01 677 0665 so we can begin to make funeral arrangements. In circumstances when the death is unexpected, contact the deceased's GP. The GP may advise the family to contact their nearest Garda Station and they may wish to refer the death to The Coroner (see section on sudden deaths below).  

For any death at home, you may also wish to contact a minister of the person's faith.


Unexpected death

When a sudden death has occurred, it is advised to contact An Garda Siochana, who can refer the death to The Coroner, who will assess the circumstances and may request a postmortem examination. This is carried out by a pathologist to establish the medical cause of death. This may take up to 1 to 2 days and once finished we can proceed with the funeral arrangements.

When an autopsy is required there will normally be a delay of 1 to 2 days (or longer if death occurs at a weekend or bank holiday) before proceeding with funeral arrangements. For more information visit Dublin City Coroners website.

Unique funerals

Every person is unique, so every funeral should cater to this uniqueness. At Nichols Funeral Directors we strive to ensure that the wishes of your family or the deceased can be fully met. 

We offer a number of variations to funerals:

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  • Type of funeral or remembrance service
  • Coffin selection
  • Obituary notice wording
  • Music selection
  • Alternative funeral venues
  • Burial or Cremation
  • Floral tributes
  • Funeral service booklets
  • Transportation
  • Catering

Each of the above options are outlined in more detail under 'Funeral Arrangements'.

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